Sean O’Donnell is traded to the Kings.

The Ducks receive a conditional 2009 draft pick in return — the condition being, if the Kings trade O’Donnell during the season, the Ducks will get their third-round pick. So essentially, the Ducks give up the 36-year-old defenseman and his $1.25 million cap hit for nothing.

As for the salary cap, this puts the Ducks back under — barely. By one estimate (my own), they’re $25,000 under the $56.7 million cap ceiling. The team will want more breathing room once the regular season starts, as one AHL call-up could put them over the cap by virtue of the CBA’s rules on such things.

More significantly, it leaves the Ducks without one of their steadiest blueliners since he was acquired from Phoenix midway through the 2005-06 season. Perhaps this means the Ducks are leaning toward Ken Klee, whom they acquired in the Mathieu Schneider deal last Friday.

In case you missed it this morning…

… don’t worry, they’ll do it again next Tuesday:

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Ducks will be featured each week on XM Satellite radio’s “Hockey This Morning” with Scott Laughlin. A Ducks player or executive will join Scott every Tuesday morning throughout the season at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Time.
The show will also be carried on Sirius Satellite radio beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Sirius customers can order XM’s Home Ice channel by adding the “Best of XM of Sirius” package.
J.S. Giguere will be the first guest on the debut segment this Tuesday.

Teemu, times two.

The Ducks signed Teemu Selanne to a 2-year contract worth $3.25 million the first year and $2 million the second. That translates to a $2.625 million cap hat, which once again puts the Ducks over the salary cap. No matter; they have 10 days to get back under and Teemu is a Duck through 2010. (I bold this because there’s a no-trade clause.)
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Ducks 6, Sharks 4: Final thoughts.

Randy Carlyle got the night off from his postgame media obligations and the players, who were in the process of heading to the gym, weren’t feeling especially loquacious. It’s worth noting that Bobby Ryan wasn’t laughing off his two-goal performance: He seemed legitimately relieved to have a small monkey off his back.
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Ducks 6, Sharks 4, late third.

Looks like the Ducks have this one locked up after trailing 4-2 to start the period. Corey Perry has scored twice in the third period, Bobby Ryan once (his second goal of the game) and Matt Stefanishion just got one past Thomas Greiss.

Good for Stefanishion, who is a LONGshot to make the team but could score some bonus points among the scouts from six opposing teams in the press box. And really, that’s what this game is all about for the non-NHL guys: Earning the right to be packaged in the Mathieu Schneider trade.

Attendance was just announced at 15,243, but that’s about as likely as a Kent Huskins fight … oh wait.

Ducks 2, Sharks 2, midway through 2nd.

This game has become notable for something I didn’t see at all last year: A Kent Huskins fight. He went toe-to-toe with Ryan Clowe (sounds like the beginning of a good poem) and gave Clowe a bloody right eye and an undetermined right (fighting) hand injury. Huskins’ face and hand appeared undamaged.

I plan to ask Kent after the game if he plans to fight more during the season.

The bad news: The Ducks gave up a short-handed goal to Devin Setoguchi with Scott Niedermayer, Francois Beauchemin, Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Eric Tangradi on the ice. It’s tied 2-2 with 9:02 left.